Ed Ruscha - Evening & Day Editions New York Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips
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    Ed Ruscha

    American • 1937

    Quintessentially American, Ed Ruscha is an L.A.-based artist whose art, like California itself, is both geographically rooted and a metaphor for an American state of mind. Ruscha is a deft creator of photography, film, painting, drawing, prints and artist books, whose works are simultaneously unexpected and familiar, both ironic and sincere.

    His most iconic works are at turns poetic and deadpan, epigrammatic text with nods to advertising copy, juxtaposed with imagery that is either cinematic and sublime or seemingly wry documentary. Whether the subject is his iconic Standard Gas Station or the Hollywood Sign, a parking lot or highway, his works are a distillation of American idealism, echoing the expansive Western landscape and optimism unique to postwar America.

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Pershing Square Underground Lot, 5th & Hill; and Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, from Parking Lots

Two gelatin silver prints, with full margins.
both I. 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
both S. 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (50.5 x 40.3 cm)

Both signed and numbered 9/35 in pencil on the reverse (there were also 11 artist's proofs), published by Patrick Painter Editions, Vancouver and Hong Kong, both framed.

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $7,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 17 October 2018